Mother-of-pearl and abalone shell are mesmerizing materials, particularly when they are set in ebony. This is something that luthiers have understood for a long time. The shell reacts to light in wonderful ways.
Goldfish mixed natural woods and dyed woods with the shell. The fins of the fish were all cut and joined with little ribs as real fins have. My intent was to have the brightness of the fins create a rhythm across the drawer fronts and the sides.
The stringing details and the sabots are made from an imitation ivory (an acrylic). The main wood of the piece is granadilla from Mexico.